Saturday, November 7, 2015

"Twilight's Last Gleaming" 16x20 by Leslie Newman

Twilights Last Gleaming

This painting is a huge favorite of mine. Recently, after 14 yrs of
painting. I am enjoying a bit more abstract and looser style.

This painting was juried into a 50 pc. Art exhibition, out of over 350 submissions.
The show was sponsored by the Artists of NW Arkansas.
It hung for 1 month at the Underground Gallery in Fayetteville, AR.
I have been in this juried show, 3 out of the past 7 yrs.
A huge honor for me to say the least.

I found a wonderful gold leaf frame to add to the warmth of this piece.

This painting is now hanging through the end of the year at the
Bentonville, AR. Visitors Center. It is with several other paintings
From the Plein Air Painters of the Ozark's.

I can't wait to get this home and hung in our home.

I hope you enjoy this painting!
I vow to do a better job keeping this blog updated.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Under the Sea" 8x16 oil by Leslie Newman

The spunky little sea horse is heading to Denver next week.
It is going to be hanging in the nursery of a darling little baby boy,
Wesley James. Wesley is the first Grandchild of my BFF.
They are doing his nursery in a nautical/sea theme. His Momma wanted
a sea horse, so I made up a little scene with this sea horse and a few fish 
friends. I have included a few mackerels, snappers, and a shark. I 
also added some seaweed and coral.This
painting has a lot of texture which looks appropriate for 
fish, shells, sand and of course, sea horses!  

This painting is part of a painting challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days. I
have not been able to keep up with it this time. I have done Leslie Saeta's 30
day challenges in the past, and I think I was
able finish 25 one month. So this month I am just doing 
what I can, when I am able to.

As you might be able to tell by now, I paint a wide variety of subjects.
 Portraits, pets,still life's to landscapes. I now add a "under the sea" scape!

I would love any comments and follows.I appreciate hearing from each
and everyone of you that enjoy my work!
Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, January 23, 2015

"L Squared abstract" oil 48"x48" by Leslie Newman

This painting was really fun to do. i am appreciating 
abstract work the older I get. This is large at 4 ft square.I had
posted this painting previously last fall. Recently I made
some changes to it and added darker values of the deeper oranges
and Browns to it. After looking at it hanging several weeks I determined
those darker values needed to be added. So, I brought my palette to the
breakfast room wall and painted away! I realize I   
cropped it a tiny bit off on the sides, but you can get the idea here of the
colors and values. I titled this
painting L Squared, as there are numerous L's. right side up, up side down,
side ways etc. This painting hangs on a large plain wall that is a taupe/chocolate
brown. These changes really helped strengthen the painting.

Thanks for taking a look at my paintings. I am back painting after taking a few weeks
off during the Holidays. I am now adding more work,little by little. 
Feel free to make any comments or ask me any
questions. I would love you to follow me by adding 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

"Trio of abstracts" each 6x6 oil on canvas by Leslie Newman

Trio of Abstracts

Here I have hung all three of the recently posted paintings.
It starts with my abstract of a waterfall or water flowing down
the fronts of rocks, frozen white. So prevalent in our area
right now. Then it moves to what I perceive as some waves
crashing at the shoreline. The final abstract painting in this
series shows swirling waters at the base of a rocky cliff or calm beach

I love how these all work together in one grouping showing how I
visualize the water in various forms!

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love to hear from you!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Abstract Surf" 6x6 oil on canvas by Leslie Newman

Abstract Surf

This small painting is the final of three abstract water themed paintings
all done at the same time.
I am joining in on the 30 paintings in 30 days
challenge by Palette knife artist Leslie Saeta from Pasadena, CA.
While I have done her challenges in the past, I have 
fallen short in being caught up day to day with this one.
So, I do what I can and enjoy it without putting too much pressure on myself. 

I enjoyed these as they are a totally different style for me
rather than the usual impressionism.

This painting shows what I envision as being a quieter surf, swirling and rolling
near a rocky ledge or shoreline.

I will post a picture of all three paintings hanging together.

I hope you enjoyed this small abstract series, it was quite 
fun to do.

Feel free to leave a comment or follow by
your email. Thanks for taking a look at my paintings! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wave abstract 6x6 oil by Leslie Newman

This abstract painting reminds me of ocean waves. The foaming
Tops spilling over below. Some of the water in shadow below 
And in-between. The swirling mid tones of the greys, blues,
greens and touches of gold.

It works with my posting from yesterday. Not only because of the
Colors but because of the water and texture 

I hope you enjoy!
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Thanks for taking a peek!

More to come!!

Abstract Waterfall 6x6 extra deep panel, oil by Leslie Newman

Abstract Waterfall

This is about the 5th painting I have done this month. Not quite on
track. There is life that happens, appointments, babysitting grand kiddos and to be a
little honest..... some burnout from so much painting leading up to the
Holidays. Will I get 30 paintings done in this 30 in 30 day challenge, No...and
that is OK!

This painting I did and I love it. I used the deep almost black indigo blues and
the deep teal blues, I also have used white representing the waters with some
metallic gold/copper. 
I am really starting to enjoy abstract work over the past yr or so. I did a
very large 4 ft square that I have in my breakfast room that
is completely a contemporary abstract. It is a breath of
fresh air with all of the other types of traditional and impressionistic oils
that I have in our home. I am going to have two other paintings that will
go with the above abstract and using some lighter colors. This
reminds me of some of the many rock hillsides we have here in 
Arkansas. They pop up everywhere, I notice them along the roads. Icy waters will 
trickle or pour out based on what our weather has been. If it is very cold,
it will freeze midstream and look like this.

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Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Birds of a feather 5x7 oil by Leslie Newman

Birds of a feather

These two fine feathered friends are
sitting on a branch together, with their eyes on something.

I painted them for our almost 7 month old granddaughter, Lottie.

These are the colors in her nursery.She has a little bird theme with
gorgeous colors of
yellow oranges and turquoises.
                                 I spotted a picture of these birds                                
online and just had to paint them!

I was able to frame this painting in a wide bright yellow custom frame.
It looks charming in her room. It is mature enough that she will be able to
keep it and enjoy it for yrs to come!

This is the 4th painting in the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge
                 being hosted by palette knive painter Lesllie Saeta, with over 1000 painters world wide.  
     taking part in the challenge
       As you can tell, I am behind in this challenge. I have been working on some
         more difficult paintings that are taking more time. I will post them soon.
                   would appreciate any feedback and comments from you,
                                                                I love hearing what people                                                                                                                                     have to say!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Monday, January 5, 2015

Still life with Blue Pot 16x20 oil on canvas by Leslie Newman

Still Life with Blue Pot

Day 4 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge by
Leslie Saeta

I got busy over the weekend
and missed day 3, but I am still continuing on!

This painting I started at a workshop with Master
Oil Painter, Scott Mattlin during August of this yr .
That is actually my own blue tea pot, big copper bowl, and
large bouquet of hot Pink Bougainvillea's.
I hadn't had a chance to finish it until a few days ago.
So this is my 3rd entry to the 30 day Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

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 I would love comments and enjoy
sharing my art with you. This painting is going to
my Mom. I was fortunate to buy Scott Mattlin's demo painting
of this after the workshop. Very Thankful to get one of
his originals!

Friday, January 2, 2015

"Waterside with Whitney" 11x14 oil by Leslie Newman

Waterside with Whitney
11x14 oil

This is day 2 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge by Leslie
Saeta. I have participated in her challenges several times 
before. completing some challenges more than others! 

This is a painting of a sweet pose of our middle granddaughter.
We had taken her up to our open air shopping promenade to Build A Bear 
 She was playing in the fountains and pools of water in 
the cement ponds, under the close attention of  her
Poppie. That is what she calls my hubby.
. Some were wishing wells, some fountains. Anyway, she
was just enchanted with the water. She referred to
the water as "The Ocean.''

Now keep in mind she is only 2 1/2, and has never
been to the ocean, but she believes she has found it with these
water features! Such a little darling and so darn funny!

I was having so much fun taking dozens of pictures of her with the
sun hitting the top of her hair,turning it a light golden white. I found
my favorite picture and painted it for my Son and his wife. They
were just delighted to receive it last week!

I hope you enjoy my attempt of 
30 paintings in 30 days!